ARLINGTON, Va. – Ben Stanley, a Washington-Lee High School graduate, was recently named Better Sports Club of Arlington’s 2017 Tom Newman Memorial Trophy winner. Stanley will receive a $1,000 scholarship funded by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation.
The Tom Newman Memorial Trophy and scholarship recognizes a hockey player who demonstrates excellent sportsmanship, leadership, citizenship, athletic accomplishment and academic effort.
Stanley is Washington-Lee’s all-time leader in total points (87), goals (48) and finished second in assists (39). He led his team in scoring his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and also served as captain his final two years of high school. In addition The Washington Post recognized Stanley for his play and named him an Honorable Mention All-Met.
“I started playing hockey pretty late compared to others,” Stanley said. “So it is really cool to win an award like this, especially because character is a factor. There are plenty of players who are better than me but I like to think that I bring another element than other players.”
In the classroom, Stanley was an International Baccalaureate student and earned a 4.3 grade point average.
Stanley also helped create a fund to raise money for autism research. The fund was created in honor of a friend’s uncle who is autistic and did not receive proper care as a child. Stanley’s group raised $3,000 dollars toward research efforts.
In addition, Stanley taught others hockey through the Cool Cats, an ice hockey program for players with developmental disabilities, and the Kettler Capitals Iceplex Learn-to-Play hockey program for kids five years old and younger.
“I have so much enthusiasm for hockey,” Stanley said. “It is important to spread that enthusiasm. When I was younger I looked up to older kids who were good at hockey. Now that I’m older I want to be that for other people.”
Stanley will attend University of Virginia in the fall, where he plans to play hockey for their club team.
The award honors long-time Arlington hockey coach Tom Newman, who founded the Yorktown Club Ice Hockey team in 1993. Newman was also a driving force behind the construction of Kettler Capitals Iceplex as director of real estate development for Arlington Economic Development. He passed away in March 2009 following a brief illness.
Better Sports Club of Arlington
The Better Sports Club of Arlington is a nonprofit community organization founded in 1957 to promote useful citizenship through sports. The club is dedicated to serving Arlington youth and to fostering the principle of fair play, good sportsmanship, a competitive spirit, tolerance and friendship.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Valor and Wizards and the Baltimore Brigade. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact and engagement with the community: youth basketball, football and hockey; education and scholarship; pediatric health and fitness; military and veterans' affairs; and hunger and homelessness.